Police Appeal After Protesters Attack Shops In Shoreditch

Police have appealed for information after protesters attacked shops in Shoreditch on Saturday, 26 September.

Police were called at 20:05hrs on Saturday following reports that a pre-planned anti-gentrification protest was taking place at the location and a criminal element within a group of several hundred people had began to throw missiles and cause criminal damage to shops and other businesses.

Officers attended and a male police officer suffered an injury to his face as a result of a bottle being thrown. He was taken to hospital to receive treatment and later discharged.

One male was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. He has since been released with no further action.

Officers continued to monitor the group as it moved around the Shoreditch and Brick Lane area until around 00:30hrs on Sunday, 27 September.

Superintendent Pete Turner, in charge of Operations at Tower Hamlets Borough said: "Whilst we respect and will facilitate the right to peaceful protest we will never condone violence. My officers are currently reviewing the CCTV from both the café and the local authority. Any individual identified as being involved in the violence will be actively sought, arrested and brought to justice."

Anyone who can assist is asked to contact the police non-emergency line on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.


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